Know the Basics of Saving and Investing To Achieve Your Financial Goals

Do you struggle to pay your bills every month? Does it sometimes feel like you’re never going to earn enough money to save anything? Has your goal of financial freedom remained elusive through the years? Knowing and understanding the fundamentals of saving and...[Read More]

What Does Protecting Your Family Entail?

Protecting one’s family is a vital aspect of parenting, and every parent has their own unique ideas about what it means to keep their loved ones safe. As a parent, you feel the need to protect and keep your children safe, especially in the early stages of their...[Read More]

Oliver’s insights – have Australian home prices bottomed? Probably not.

Key points – Capital city property prices so far in March are on track for a 0.6% or so gain, led by Sydney, based on CoreLogic data. – The main positives for the residential property market are improving demographic demand, constrained supply and tight rental...[Read More]

Target for nurses in aged care won’t be reached

The federal government does not expect to meet the goal of having 24/7 nurses in all aged care residences by mid-year. From July 1, at least one registered nurse must be on-site and on duty at all times at each residential facility. Aged Care Minister Anika Wells said...[Read More]

Australian shares rise again ahead of Fed meeting-ASX200 up 60.2 points, to 7,015.6 (22/3)

The local share market has gained ground for a second day, closing at a one-week high ahead of what’s being described as the most important Federal Reserve meeting in a decade. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index on Wednesday finished up 60.2 points, or 0.87 per cent, to...[Read More]

Overcome the Deposit Barrier With These 6 Tips

In Australia, the deposit barrier is a significant challenge for many people who wish to buy their own homes.  Saving up for a deposit can be a daunting task, especially for first-time homebuyers.  The good news is that there are various strategies and resources...[Read More]

Shares hit another bout of turbulence

US banks, inflation, interest rates and recession risk – what it means for investors? Key points: – US regional bank failures have added to uncertainty about the investment outlook flowing from inflation & rate hikes. – Specific issues with the failed banks and...[Read More]

Inflation, slowing demand increase risks for business

Business-to-business trade payment defaults have surged as firms struggle with cash flow under challenging conditions. CreditorWatch’s monthly business risk report shows payment defaults lifted 30 per cent in the 12 months to February and credit enquiries soared by...[Read More]

Planning to retire

  If you’re planning to retire, you need to consider: your age including if you have reached your preservation age when you can access your super how much tax you will pay on amounts you receive if good leaver conditions apply if you are part of an Employee...[Read More]

Australian share market rebounds after 3 days of losses-ASX200 index up 60 points to 7,068.9 on 15/3

The local share market has bounced back from three days of sharp losses with its best session since mid-January. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index finished Wednesday up 60 points, or 0.86 per cent, to 7,068.9, its best single-day performance since a 1.2 per cent gain on...[Read More]

The Lipstick and Beer index

Traditional indicators such as GDP, unemployment rates, and inflation indicators are used to measure the health and performance of an economy. These are commonly used by economists and policymakers in gauging a country’s economic growth and stability. However, there...[Read More]

Super gender gap costing women thousands each year

Working mums will lose thousands of dollars in retirement savings every year the federal government resists paying super on parental leave, new modelling shows. The analysis by industry fund Hesta and Laneway Analytics estimates women have already missed out on more...[Read More]

Millions to get boost in pension and welfare payments

Pensioners, the unemployed and students will all receive a boost to their welfare payments under changes soon to kick in. More than 4.7 Australians will benefit when indexation of their payments happens on March 20. Recipients of the age pension, disability support...[Read More]

Reserve Bank getting closer to pause, says Philip Lowe

The head of the Reserve Bank says interest rates are now in restrictive territory and the bank has an open mind about pausing interest rates at the next meeting. But he says “further tightening of monetary policy” is still likely to ensure high inflation is only...[Read More]

Aust shares, dollar tumble after hawkish US rate talk – ASX200 closed down 56.9 points to 7,307.8 (8/3)

The Australian share market has suffered its biggest drop in more than a week after the chair of the US central bank warned of more rate rises, despite his Australian counterpart hinting a pause in interest rates might be on the cards. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index on...[Read More]